Massey & Tavie's Birth Story By Jetta Print
Birth Stories - Multiple Births Stories
Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:34
On my 29th birthday I found out that I was pregnant with twins. My husband and I had been working with a reproductive endocrinologist for almost a year. Getting pregnant was simply a miracle, after several cycles of clomid and IUI, we conceived.

After having such a complicated and invasive conception. I decided that I would prefer a completely different setting for the arrival of our babies. It was difficult convincing my family and our doctors that a midwife assisted home birth was safe. Luckily at 16 weeks, I found wonderful midwife who was able to make everyone more comfortable. She informed me that it would be best for me to deliver in a birthing center near the hospital. Eventually I agreed. I wanted a home birth but I didn't want to put my children or myself in danger.

My pregnancy was pretty uneventful. At 39 weeks, I had gained 42 lbs and was dia to 1 cem. A few days after my 39 weeks check up, I started having alot of lower back pain. I took a warm shower and then a short nap. When my husband got home from work we decided to go to Toys R Us to pick up just a few more things for thier nursery. We walked all over the mall and Toys R Us, and then whammo... major contraction. I assumed it was just a BH. About 5 minutes later I had another one that lasted about 15 seconds... and they happened every five minutes for the next 30 minutes. Then magically, soon after I called our midwife from my cell phone... they stopped. She told me that she would like to see me in the morning and that if anything changed I should call her right away. I had just got in my car when I felt a warm trickle down my leg... it almost felt as if I had peed on myself. My husband was very concerned and suggested we call the midwife. I did.

We went home picked up my bags, the diaper bag and the car seats and headed for the birthing center. I was feeling fine, just having a little back pressure.

When we arrived my midwife did a vaginal exam, it turned out that I was almost 5 cem. WoooHOO!!! However, I wasn't having anymore contractions. She confirmed that I was leaking amniotic fluid and that the babies were in the correct positions. Baby A's head was very low. She though it would be a good idea for me to walk. So I walked and walked and walked and walked... and nothing happened. At 1 oclock am, I finally laid down and went to sleep with hubby. The bed at the birthing center was very comfortable! At 6am I woke up with very strong contractions, very intense! I was in alot of pain and getiing very cranky because I was still tired. My sister Hannah, my husband and my midwife were encouraging me to breathe but I was having a difficult time focusing on anything but the pain. I sat in the birthing tub for about 5 minutes and then decided to move to the rocking chair. I rocked for about 15 minutes and then I called for the midwife because I was feeling the need to push. She acted like it couldn't possibly be time, but when she checked I was 9 cem. dia. What a relief, lol, I thought. It took about 30 minutes for me to get to 10. When Susie, the midwife, told me I could start pushing I really didnt want to. I was getting really sleepy and my entire body was shaking. I starting getting angry at everyone for telling me to push. After five minutes of horrible contractions I decided to push so I could get this over with. I pushed about 7 times before I was able to see and touch Baby A's head. It was so amazing. Just as her shoulders were being born, our Pedi arrived. As soon as our daughter was delivered Sue put her on my chest, I was still shaking alot and now I was jut crying my eyes out. My contractions were very intense still. Dr. Metz and the midwifes assistant took the baby across the room to be checked out and cleaned up. I was still having horrible contractions. I was trying to push but i was so nervous I wasn't getting anywhere. I was yelling because it was hurting so bad. After 15 minutes of pushing, Baby B crowned. It only took 5 more pushes to deliver our son. He was so much bigger than his older sister! He was having some problems breathing so Dr.Mets starting suctioning his mouth out. It took almost 1 minute before he actually started crying. I still had a bit of work to do. I delivered the second placenta & then Sue mashed on my stomache for what seemed like hours. Our daughter weighed 5lbs 15oz and our son weighed 6lbs 5oz, both were 19 inches long. During this time I was completely confused, drained and just tired. I nursed both babies for just a few minutes and the nodded off for about an hour. When I woke up I starting crying because I felt like I had missed something. I sat up, hugged my sister for awhile and then asked to see my babies. They were sleeping in th adjoining room with my husband and the nurse. Both babies were fine! I was feeling very guilty about feeling tired but after some reassurance from my midwife, I took a three hour nap. I had planned to bottlefeed, so my husband and sister fed both babies while I was sleeping. When i woke up I felt so darn guilty. I was also very sad that I didn't get to feed them thier first bottle. I was still having very mild contractions and was feeling very sore.

I rocked in the rocking chair and ate a few blueberry muffins. I was strating to feel much better. The midwife came in and suggested that we spend the night. Originally I wanted to retun home as soon as possible. I was very glad that someone thought we should stay. I was still feeling tired and unsure about my new role as mommy. The first night was vry rough on us. Dan and I were up every three hours feeding the babies. They seemed to be eating well, about an 1/2 to 1 ounce every three hours.

That morning things starting feeling more normal. We left for home at 9:30am. We had a 1 o'clock appointment with the Pedi. Dan and I sat on the porch and talked about how quickly our lives had just changed. It was very emotional for both of us. We were very happy and very scared. We still had not named out children. My mother was our first visitor at home. She held and fed both babies while Dan and I looked through a baby name book. After three hours we had come up with two beautiful names.

Tavie Solenne
(Tavie is scottish for twin and Solenne is french for Solemn)

and
Massey Granger
(Massey is english for twin and Granger is french for Farmer)

Massey and Tavie are such a blessing and a joy!